A good place of showing the history and culture of the peranakan (baba and nyonya) lifestyles in Singapore
The visit to the museum gives me a sense of history and appreciation for cultural diversity in Singapore
An excellent museum showcasing the Peranakan culture in Singapore; their famous beadwork, pottery, ornate furniture and customs. A Peranakan is generally a person of Chinese and Malay heritage. But there are also Indian-Chinese, Muslim Indian and Malay Peranakans as well as Portuguese peranakans (known as Kristang) in Singapore.The Nyonya Needlework exhibition is on until 26 March 2017. The nearest train station is City Hall. Open from 10am - 7pm daily. Friday opens till 9pm. S$6 entry fee for tourists.
Peranakans are native to Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. The best way to describe this ethnic group is a 'creole' blend of Chinese and the local country they adopt. For example, the early Chinese settlers in Singapore integrated their culture with the local Malay culture. This gives birth to a very unique and colurful culture known for its intricate beadwork, gold jewelery, shophouses, beautiful sarong kebayas, food (check out nonya laksa and poh piah) and mixed language. (which is sadly only spoken by the older generation today) What is interesting is that most of these Chinese settlers settled in this region during the Qing dynasty period and they managed to retain a lot of the cultures of that period. This manifests itself in the wedding attire. This is truly worth a visit if you'd like ti understand the local psyche, as Singapore is a melting pot of many cultures. Pair this visit with a trip to Joo Chiat (the peranakan stronghold)
Another nice museum that delves a lot into Singapore's past and the Chinese way of education.
Another interesting museum in the ACM-SPM-Peranakan-NMS museum trail, Peranakan Museum occupies the former Tao Nan School, which was used once by the ACM-Armenian Street. This museum contains the collection of Peranakan life (a mixture of Chinese and local culture, typically Malays, commonly through marriage). The collection of this museum is quite exhaustive and the best way to enjoy it is to follow the life path of the themes (e. g. marriage, meals, death, etc).
Very interesting museum. I love seeing how the Peranakan adopt various cultures and infuse them into their lives.